Events calendar

Latest update on Trust events

At the Trust, we are doing everything we can to provide support and reassurance to our staff, volunteers and supporters in these challenging times. We wish to play our part in keeping people healthy and safe.

We have cancelled all face to face Trust events involving staff and registered volunteers up to 4 July 2020. The cancellations include indoor and outdoor activities, and events which where volunteers would have used conservation materials supplied by the Trust.

We have been working hard to move many of our resources, education, training and other activities online. You can follow these developments through our social media channels.

We will review arrangements for future months in due course as government guidance evolves. Updates will be shared on our website and social media channels and by email to those of you registered with us.

The latest advice for those of you involved in our BeeWalk scheme can be found here.

These are exceptional times and we’ll work to support each other and keep you updated.

Gill Perkins, CEO

Jul
4
Sat
Bees and Butterflies (two sessions 9:30am and 12:30pm) @ Victory Wood, Yorkletts, Whitstable CT5 3AH [Kent]
Jul 4 all-day

Victory Wood is a 140-hectare (350-acre) site on the western edge of one of the largest areas of continuous ancient woodland in South East England. Known as the Blean complex, it arches over the north of Canterbury and covers an area of 28.5 square kilometres (11 square miles).

Its open habitats are home to a host of butterflies and the rare Shill Carder bee. In conjunction with the Woodland Trust, we’re offering families a small, fun event to help you find and identify the bees and butterflies that live in our precious habitat. We’re thrilled that Victory Wood is the ideal home for the rare Shrill Carder bee and hopefully you’ll spot a range of butterflies such as common blues, painted ladies, red admirals, and marbled whites amongst others. You’ll also make some bee-themed crafts to take home!. At our bee walks last year people said: “The fantastic bumblebee walk was a great way of experiencing Victory Wood, and “We loved the bee hunt for the shrill carder!”

Cost: £6 per adult; £3 per child. Booking essential.
Click the link to book your places: https://woodlandtrusttickets.cloudvenue.co.uk/bbvictory

Jul
29
Wed
Bumblebee Blitz – northwest Sutherland @ Polin Bay, nr. Oldshoremore, northwest Sutherland
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Are you keen naturalist, passionate about your local area? Do you have a strong interest in bumblebees?

We want you! We need to find and record what bees are where, what flowers they are feeding on, and what flowers are available for them to feed on at a number of locations in Sutherland. This will be very helpful to our conservation efforts, especially if we are able to find any rare Great yellow bumblebees!

We’ll meet at 11am at the Polin Bay car park to co-ordinate, then head out to the machair area behind the beach. We’ll return at 3pm to compare what we’ve found. If you have a net and a hand lens, please bring it (more will be available on the day to borrow). Bring a packed lunch, stout walking boots/shoes, and come prepared for changeable weather.

Aug
8
Sat
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ High Halstow Village Hall, ME3 8SQ and Northward Hill RSPB Reserve [Kent]
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This intermediate course will cover the identification of all UK species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. The course will focus on the rarer species of Kent and how to tell the tricky species apart. Suitable for persons who can identify the most common bumblebees.

What will you need: a lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk
Cost – FREE
Booking is essential, please email the team to book your place – mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

Aug
10
Mon
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ Tyland Barn, Chatham Rd, Sandling, Maidstone ME14 3BD [Kent]
Aug 10 @ 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

The day begins in the classroom, with a discussion on bumblebee conservation and decline, evolution, lifecycle and their autecology. We will cover identification of all UK species, and there will be opportunities to view pinned specimens. In the afternoon, we will walk around the Tyland Barn nature reserve garden and meadows. Each participant will be given a net, hand lens and ID sheet for collection.

The objective will be to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills of bumblebee ecology and identification.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Identify all species of bumblebees found in the UK
  • Understand more about the lifecycle, conservation and/or ecology of the bumblebee
  • Learn about field survey techniques

Students should leave the day with a clear idea of how they can carry forward their interest and continue their study of bumblebees.

Led by Dr Nikki Gammans, Bumblebee Project Manager – Short-haired Bumblebee Reintroduction Project and President Kent Field Club, and Geoff Allen, Expert on bees, wasps and ants, and Recorder for Kent Field Club.

Suitable for those who know how to identify the big seven and wish to further their skills in other species. It is recommended you have attended a beginners study day.

To book your space, click here.

Aug
15
Sat
Intermediate Bumblebee Identification Course @ Reculver Visitor Centre, Herne Bay, CT6 6ST [Kent]
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This intermediate course will cover the identification of all UK species, including an in depth look at bumblebee ecology, lifecycle and conservation. The course will focus on the rarer species of Kent and how to tell the tricky species apart. Suitable for persons who can identify the most common bumblebees.

What will you need: a lunch and suitable shoes for a short walk
Cost – FREE
Booking is essential, please email the team to book your place – mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

Aug
18
Tue
Field practice session for bumblebee identification @ Foreness Point, Palm Bay Avenue, Margate, CT9 3PP [Kent]
Aug 18 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Field practice sessions for bumblebee identification great for beginners or as a refresher. Come and join the Making a Buzz for the Coast team and gain bumblebee identification skills! Learn how to identify bumblebees out in the field, perfect for BeeWalkers or keen wildlife watchers! Please contact the Making a buzz for the Coast team to book: mab@bumblebeeconservation.org

All welcome – training and equipment is provided on the day and no previous experience required.

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